General Education Program


Advising changes: First-time first-year students starting at SSU in Fall 2021 are now required to complete a 3-unit course in Area F (Ethnic Studies) and 6-units in lower division Area D (Social Sciences).
All Area Content Criteria Available! : Check the resources page for A,B,C,D,or E area content criteria.
A3, C2, and UD C Passed!: Content criteria for areas A3, C2, and Upper Division C are now available in Resources.
The General Education (GE) program at SSU is going through changes: Be sure to check your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) and speak with your professional academic advisor or faculty advisor to understand your GE requirements.

The Sonoma State General Education and Seawolf Experience program provides students an intentional, coherent, inclusive undergraduate experience across multiple disciplinary perspectives, fostering broad transferable skills and integrated, engaged learning that position students to create and participate meaningfully and ethically in our interconnected and interdependent world.

Program requirements depend on catalog year and have changed frequently over the last 5 years. If you’re a student or an advisor looking for information on GE requirements or courses, please visit your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) or the schedule of courses  for the current semester, respectively. Both are accessed through your MYSSU portal. If you are not a current student, please contact the Academic Advising Center

*NEW* Fall 2021 GE Program (for first-time, first-year students starting Fall 2021 only)

For first-time, first-year students starting in Fall 2021, the GE program consists of 48-units taken as coursework across six distribution areas A-F; this program is overseen by the GE Subcommittee. The Seawolf Experience consists of overlay coursework some of which is CSU-wide and some of which is SSU-specific.  Overlay courses are those that may also count towards a student’s GE requirements, major, minor, or elective units depending upon the course.  Overlay courses that meet American Institution and CSU graduation writing requirements and SSU-specific overlays in sustainability and global awareness are overseen by the Overlay Subcommittee. The previous critical race studies overlay requirement is now met specifically through a course in GE Area F.

If you’re a faculty member who’d like to propose a new GE course, please visit the Proposing a Course page for an overview of the process and the Resources page to access the appropriate forms for your GE area.

To provide feedback on this website, please contact Academic Programs.